Annelies Kamen is an artist and printmaker hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a BFA and a BA in Art History from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, and is pursuing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kamen currently splits her time between Chicago and Dortmund, Germany, anticipating emigration to Germany at the conclusion of her graduate studies. While a lithographer at heart, Kamen pursues projects incorporating diverse printmaking methods, sculpture and drawing. Kamen has been selected for residencies both in Europe and the U.S, including the Frans Masereel Centrum, The Venice Printmaking Studio and Kala Art Institute. Both in and out of the studio, Kamen enjoys puns, word games (particularly Scrabble), linguistic gems and trivial knowledge.

Personal Statement

My current work is engaged with the role of the authentic imposter; it is an investigation of the methodology of inauthenticity as it relates to cultural and linguistic identity. This practice grew from an interest in shibbolistic language, in that shibboleths uniquely rely on the bodily performance of language to identify the speaker as either a cultural member or outsider. If one accepts the proposition of the shibboleth: that it is an infallible linguistic test, the vagabond wishing to enter at the gate must become an imposter, mimicking the very barrier that blocks their entry. I am fascinated by the ridiculousness evident in this method of entry, and in my work I question the functional distinctions between authentic and imposter. Using modular, syntactic or replicable barriers and landmarks as subject matter, my work is a collection of genuine frauds and faux originals that scuffle with the gallows humour of bordering and othering.


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